SEEKING GOD’S WISDOM

Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:1-24

“Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.” (Daniel 2:17,18)

Daniel was facing a life and death crisis. King Nebuchadnezzar had a bad dream. He called on all the wise men of Babylon to interpret the meaning of the dream. The wise men asked the king what the dream was, but the king demanded them to tell him what his dream was along with its meaning. When they could not tell the king what his dream was, Nebuchadnezzar ordered all the wise men of Babylon to be killed. Daniel and his companions were included in the order.

The soldiers sought Daniel and his companions to kill them. But Daniel asked for an appointment with the king that he might reveal the dream and its interpretation. He was granted his request. Daniel immediately went to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah and ask them to pray for God’s mercy and that He would reveal the dream and its meaning to Daniel. God heard their prayers and revealed the King’s dream to Daniel along with the interpretation.

When Daniel received the vision, he blessed God with these words — “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings, He gives wisdom for the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; He reveals deep and hidden things. He knows what is in darkness, and His light dwells with Him” (vs. 20-22).

Wisdom and might indeed belong to God. When we lack wisdom, God invites us to ask Him for it — “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8).

All wise and all mighty Lord, there are times when I lack the wisdom and strength to deal with issues I am facing. I know that I can come to You and ask for wisdom and You will give it to me. You possess all wisdom and You are all powerful. Thank You for hearing my prayers and answering them according to Your perfect will.

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